Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Laser Skin Resurfacing revolutionised the art of skin rejuvenation when first introduced into Australia in 1993, and it is still the most effective method of removing facial wrinkles and acne scars.
However, the early CO2 lasers were more aggressive because they were totally ablative i.e. they removed ALL the skin in the targeted area and whilst they were probably more effective in removing wrinkles and acne scars, they did involve longer healing periods and carried a significant risk of hypopigmentation (loss of skin colour) and scarring.
Today’s computerised Fraxel ‘Repair’ CO2 laser is a far cry from those early CO2 lasers. Being ‘Fractional’ means it delivers thousands of microscopic laser columns into the skin whilst leaving intact skin between the columns to initiate the healing process. This reduces recovery time and dramatically reduces the risks of hypopigmentation and scarring.
Apart from removing wrinkles, sunspots and blemishes on the surface, the skin’s natural healing process also replaces the lasered columns in the deeper dermis with new and stronger collagen fibres to deliver more support to the skin.
The net result of all this is fresher, smoother and tighter skin with fewer wrinkles.
Apart from its use in skin rejuvenation, our Fraxel CO2 ‘Repair’ Laser is also capable of removing skin lesions and performing incisional procedures such as Laser Eyelid Surgery without bleeding.
Our principal Cosmetic Surgeon, Dr George Mayson, was one of the first doctors in Australia to commence Laser Skin Resurfacing back in 1993 and has not caused a single case of scarring in any patient over all those years.
As a general rule, fine and medium wrinkles can be totally removed but deep wrinkles that reach deeper than the level of the resurfacing can only be made shallower. Nevertheless, the overall reduction in number and depth of wrinkles is usually quite dramatic.
Please note that deep facial grooves and furrows e.g. nasolabial grooves (‘smile lines’) or deep ‘frown lines’ cannot be removed by any resurfacing procedure and are more suited to other treatments such as Dermal Fillers and Anti-Wrinkle Injections.
2. Facial Sun-Damaged manifested by:
3. Acne Scarring
Some acne scar shapes respond better to Laser Resurfacing than others. Our doctor will assess your suitability at your initial consultation. Please note that if you have been taking Roaccutane for acne it is essential that you have been off it for 12 months before having Laser Skin Resurfacing.
4. Chronically Sun-Damaged Lips (Actinic Cheilitis)
This condition resembles ‘chapped’ lips and carries a risk of cancerous change if left untreated. Accordingly, it is important to treat this condition early before any cancerous changes develop.
5. Miscellaneous Skin Lesions including:
This depends on you, your lifestyle and future sun exposure. Generally, the more you avoid sun exposure and use effective UV protection when sun exposure is unavoidable, the longer the results of Laser Skin Resurfacing will last. With good UV protection, the results should last 5-10 years. As with other forms of skin resurfacing, the procedure can be repeated if and when desired.
Laser Skin Resurfacing is performed in the privacy of our own Clinic. To make your procedure as comfortable as possible, we perform the following:
You may go home 2 hours after your procedure but you cannot go home alone or drive for 24 hours if you have been given sedation.
Healing is usually complete within 9-10 days. Once fully healed, you can resume wearing make-up and return to work and social activities.
For the first 2-3 days, your lasered areas will have clear oozing and some pin-point bleeding. Rest assured, both these appearances are completely normal. In fact, if you don’t have those appearances it means you have been under-treated! Some clinics intentionally under-treat in order to make the recovery period more attractive to prospective patients but doing so doesn’t deliver the degree of improvement!
After 2-3 days, the oozing and pin-point bleeding will stop leaving your face covered with numerous fine scabs and small points of dried blood. Don’t be alarmed – this also is expected and totally normal. Just keep applying your Vaseline to allow these to fall off sooner but do not forcibly wipe them off or pick at them.
Once the face has fully cleared – usually by Day 9 – the skin will look pink like mild sunburn. This will fade over the ensuing weeks but, in the meantime, you can camouflage it with foundation and return to work and social activities.
During the first 3 months after Laser Skin Resurfacing, your skin could be more sensitive and if so, you may find it difficult to use your usual cosmetics. After three months, any such sensitivity should have settled and you should then be able to resume wearing all your cosmetics.
1. Experience: Dr Mayson was one of the first doctors in Australia to commence Laser Skin Resurfacing when it was first introduced in 1993.
2. Impeccable Laser Resurfacing Record: Scarring is a potential risk with any form of skin resurfacing yet Dr Mayson has the impeccable record of not having caused a single case of scarring over all those years.
3. Laser Qualifications: In 1998, Dr Mayson was the first Australian doctor to qualify as a Diplomate of the American Board of Laser Surgery after passing with one of the highest examination scores ever recorded.
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